More Fun With AOL Keywords

A few people have created free cool web based tools which allow you to search through the 20 million keywords AOL recently shared with the marketing community. - allows you to sort data by:

  • User ID
  • Keywords
  • Date of search
  • URL

  • allows you to sort data by TLD
  • allows you to sort data by keywords leading to a specific domain
  • by default the tool also displays the top few thousand URLs, the number of referrals to a URL, shows the top keywords leading to a URL, shows the keyword diversity ratio - search by keyword, keyword stem, or part of a keyword to find related keywords. For example, if you searched for dati it would return all keywords that had dating in them.

Anyone think I should add a link to any of these tools on my keyword research tool?

Published: August 9, 2006 by Aaron Wall in seo tools


August 9, 2006 - 4:28pm

The question is, when will AOL start cracking down on websites that publish that information? In this lawyer-based economy, I would say it's just a matter of time.

August 9, 2006 - 5:11pm now has the function to see all keywords leading to a specific url. Also has top 500 keywords.

August 9, 2006 - 5:35pm

Don't delete is the best one of these. I'm a bit worried abiut how long it'll take for AOL to track these sites down too. So I'm running the reports I think are useful and archiving them. This is gold dust.

August 9, 2006 - 5:52pm

google adsense ads on dontdelete and aolsearchdatabase violates the use of the AOL data. data from dontdelete appears incomplete because of it's incorrect use of the wildcard character in the SQL.

August 9, 2006 - 6:53pm

Actually the wild card on is just at the end for speed. You can drop in a % anywhere in your query string (note that searching will take a lot longer). So if you're looking for ALL "food" keywords/phrases, type "%food" into the search box. They add the trailing % already.. returns EVERYTHING... pretty sweet.

August 9, 2006 - 7:18pm


yes but it will kill that server. it hung on me and then timed out. i'm running into a similar problem on my less than powerful PC...


August 9, 2006 - 7:56pm

is using a sample or what? .. I don't get as many hits for keywords as I should get (I get even more out of my own sample of 14milion searches)

August 9, 2006 - 9:02pm

I think the tools are very fun to play with. However I have noticed that the number of times keyword phrases were searched for in comparison to each other is very different when compared to the overture search tool and wordtracker.

I think the most interesting aspect is the ability to actually find out what search terms lead to a specific website. I have never seen this ability before.

August 10, 2006 - 2:05pm

these are very nice tools and a good addition to overture and wordtracker

August 10, 2006 - 8:22pm

Yes, seems to be using a sample. I tried a URL and got 6 results a day or two ago and now 0 results. Then I tested again using my downloaded copy on my own computer and got 16 results.

August 11, 2006 - 5:33pm

that's why the search results come back so quickly on!

i use for general searching as it is faster than running the full dataset on my own PC.

September 4, 2006 - 5:04pm

another very fast AOL keyword tool enhanced by advanced stats

Dave Leppard
August 9, 2006 - 2:04pm

That askthebrain one is cool. The main thing about it is that you can see what referring keywords there are for each site. It's like having access to every sizeable site's internal search engine reports.

August 9, 2006 - 2:44pm

DontDelete seems to be the fastest so i enjoy using it the most. All of them seem pretty useful in their own way though. Id love to see them in your research tool for future reference. Thanks!

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